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Hat-tricks, hell-raising and high treason: 10 huge Clásico debuts

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5. Romario (1993) 

Romario's first goal of this legendary 5-0 drubbing was a thing of pure footballing artistry, and emblematic of Cruyff’s outstanding side.

Receiving the ball with his back to Real Madrid’s Rafael Akorta, the Brazilian dragged the ball round him in one mesmeric motion before slotting through Buyo’s legs into the bottom corner. 

The second was a tap-in, courtesy of some fine control and a layoff by Michael Laudrup to make it 3-0.

The Catalans were expecting goals from their summer signing – he'd scored a devastating 127 in 142 games for PSV, after all – and he'd carry that form into his first season at the Camp Nou. His hat-trick came with nine minutes remaining; a simple rifle into an empty net to wrap up one of the greatest Clásico débuts of all time. 

And there was still time for more from the free-scoring striker as he teed up Ivan for goal number 5 with four minutes to play. His maverick displays earned him the FIFA World Player of the year award in 1994, before a rift with boss Cruyff cut short his Barca stay in early 1995. 

6. Michael Laudrup (1995)

Laudrup had been instrumental in the formation of Cruyff's Dream Team and enjoyed five hugely successful years at the club. Needless to say, his switch to Real Madrid in 1994 came as a huge shock: he'd fallen out with Cruyff for omitting him from the line-up before the embarrassing European Cup final 4-0 defeat to AC Milan. 

His Clásico introduction for Real was shattering for his former employers; Laudrup was central in a 5-0 demolition – the scoreline he had helped Barca achieve a season earlier. He scored and played creative roles in Ivan Zamorano’s hat-trick, helping Madrid clinch their first La Liga title since 1990.